New Legal Approach Needed on Gitmo Detainees, U.S. Judge Says

Judge Harry T. Edwards of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. suggested in an opinion this week that Congress and President Obama find a new legal approach to the cases of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Judge Edwards went along with his colleagues in an opinion by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It rejected a detainee’s challenge to his detention on grounds of legal precedent from the D.C. Circuit Court, according to an Associated Press article. But Judge Edwards went further to say the challenge actually deserved to be granted.

“[W]hen I review a record like the one presented in this case, I am disquieted by our jurisprudence,” Judge Edwards wrote. “The time has come for the president and Congress to give serious consideration to a different approach for the handling of the Guantanamo detainee cases.”

DetaineeĀ Abdul al Qader Ahmed Hussain brought the legal challenge.

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